In-State Rivals Set to Meet in ACC Women's Tennis Championship Semifinals
April 17, 2009
CARY, N.C. - Sixth-seed turned North Carolina back third-seeded Clemson by a 4-2 score late Friday afternoon to conclude quarterfinal play in the Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Tennis Championship quarterfinals.
Fifth-seeded Florida State also edged fourth-seeded Georgia Tech 4-3 in an air-tight battle. Friday' other quarterfinal action saw top-seeded Miami blank No. 9 second-seeded Wake Forest 4-0 and Duke defeat seventh-seeded Virginia by the same score. Fifth-seeded Florida State edged fourth-seeded Georgia Tech 4-3 in an air-tight battle.
The outcomes set up a pair of in-state rivalry matches in Saturday's semifinals. It starts with a 10 a.m. battle between Miami (22-3) and Florida State (16-6), followed by Duke (21-3) against North Carolina (18-9) at 1 p.m.
Straight-set wins by Laura Vallverdu at No. 2 singles, Michaela Kissell at No. 4 and Gabriela Mejia at No. 4 keyed Miami's shutout win over Wake Forest. The nationally sixth-ranked Hurricanes also clinched the doubles point behind All-ACC players Kissell and Valverdu at No. 1 and Julia Cohen and Biana Eichkorn at No. 2. Miami will carry an 11-match winning streak into Saturday's semifinal round against Florida State.
Most anticipated a nail-biter when Georgia Tech and Florida State squared off in Friday's noon quarterfinal match, and the battle between nationally-ranked teams lived up to its billing.
The 17th-ranked Seminoles finally secured their 4-3 at when Federica Suess outlasted the Yellow Jackets' Sasha Krupina in three sets, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 at No. 5 singles. Suess' victory clinched the Seminoles' ninth straight win and ended a match that lasted for three hours and 38 minutes.
Katie Rybakova (No. 1), Lauren Macfarlane (No. 3) and Jessica Sucupira (No 6) also won in singles for FSU. The seventh-ranked Yellow Jackets (16-7) captured the doubles point and got singles wins from freshman Irina Falconi at No. 2 and senior Christy Striplin at No. 4.
Duke, the No. 3 team in this week's ITA national rankings, blanked Virginia behind a flurry of straight set wins. After sweeping the doubles matches with wins by the teams of Amanda Granson-Melssia Mang, Mallory Cecil-Jessi Robison and Ella Nze-Reka Zsilinszka, the Blue Devils secured their 10th straight with singles victories by Nze at No. 2, Mang at No. 5 and Robison at No. 6.
North Carolina set the tone for its win over Clemson by winning the doubles points behind the No. 1 team of Sanaz Marand-Sophie Grabinski and Katrina Tsang-Austin Smith at No. 2.
Marand then defeated ACC Player of the Year Ani Mijacika 6-3, 6-4 in the No. 1 singles match, and Tsang and Smith followed suit with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 to clinch the match for the 21st-ranked Tar Heels.
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